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English and German BA (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)

 

ENGLISH AND GERMAN (BA)

Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

This degree has a distinctive comparative literary approach for those wishing to study of German language and culture together with the English-speaking tradition and the interconnections and interactions between the two.


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Germany has always been at the heart of the European intellectual tradition and is now the driving force of its economy and the EU. Combining German and English gives you the opportunity to explore connections and interactions between literatures and cultures. Our modules reflect the range and diversity of Germany’s culture, history and society. Intensive language work from advanced or beginner level opens up the richness of German language and cultural life. This means you’ll graduate as a highly qualified linguist with advanced intercultural skills, a deep understanding of key issues and developments in Germany’s past and present, and an advanced knowledge of English and comparative literature.

You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

In your first year, you will follow one compulsory language module, designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken German, including grammar (either at beginners or advanced level). To complement your language skills, you will choose between two cultural modules, focusing on either the history and culture of German society since 1945 or German culture in the late eighteenth century. Both of these modules provide an excellent foundation for studying further aspects of German literature and culture in the later stages of your degree. On the English side, you will take a core module (Modes of Reading) which focuses on questions of approach, critical practice, and reading strategies. You will additionally choose one English module in your first year, from a list of three: Epic into Novel; Medieval to Renaissance Literature; or Modern World Literatures.

In your intermediate and final years, in addition to core and optional modules in English, you will go on to further develop your German language skills. You will also have an opportunity to develop your own particular interests by choosing from a wide selection of modules offered by German specialists that cover a broad range of subjects in German culture, society, literature, politics, philosophy, film, history and business, as well as translation and transnationalism. You can also opt to study some of our interdisciplinary cross-School modules.

You can choose to spend your year abroad studying at a university in a German speaking country or on a British Council Assistantship or a work placement. During the year abroad students will usually attend a residential orientation course at Easter time in Germany. Led by departmental staff, who travel out to lead the event, the course offers skills development, pastoral care, careers advice and guidance on final year study.

We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written and spoken language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Contact hours

12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).

Class size

Seminars generally involve around 15 students.

We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.

The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

- Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school

- Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country

- On a work placement

The most popular option is to work as a language assistant teaching English since the posts are reasonably well-paid and they help you integrate into the community fairly quickly. Most students apply through the British Council's English Language Assistant scheme during the first term of their second year at Warwick.

The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.

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A level AAB to include English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) and a modern or classical language

IB 36 to include 5 in Higher Level English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) and 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

  • Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
  • Essential Subjects English Literature and German A Level. English Language is acceptable in addition to Literature, but is not normally accepted as a substitute.

  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Modern German Language 1 or 

  • Modern German Language for Beginners

  • Modes of Reading

One option in German Studies:

  • The Changing Face of Germany in Film and Text
  • Aspects of German Culture in the Age of Revolution

One option in English:

  • Epic into Novel
  • Medieval to Renaissance English Literature
  • Modern World Literatures
Intermediate year
  • Modern German Language 2 or
  • Modern German Language 2 (Post-beginners)
  • English and German Romanticism
Final year
  • Modern German Language 3
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

German: German Culture in the Age of Revolution, 1789-1848; Reading Weimar: Prose Fiction 1919-1933; Film in the Weimar Republic and under National Socialism; Bertolt Brecht: Theatre as Revolution; The Strange World of Franz Kafka’s Short Stories; Violent Women in the German Cultural Imagination; German Memories of WWII - From Perpetration to Suffering; The Self and the Others I: Identity, Gender and Ethnicity in German Culture around 1800; Business and Society in Contemporary Germany; Germany and the Holocaust: Interpretations and Debates; German terror and cultural memory; The Writer and Imperial Germany; Translation Studies modules.

English: US Writing and Culture, 1780-1920; Romantic and Victorian Poetry; Screenwriting; Chaucer; Devolutionary British Fiction; Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time; Crime Fiction; States of Damage: Twenty-First Century US Writing and Culture; Russian Narratives; Queering the Literary Landscape: LGBTQ+ Literature and Culture in the Contemporary World; Small Press Publishing: History, Theory, Practice; Restoration Drama; Writing Out Loud: Slam, Spoken Word, and Performance Poetics.

For further details about our German Studies modules please visit the Modern Languages website. Here you will also find degree course outlines.

Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:

British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.

Job titles:

Digital Media Consultant, Graduate Analyst, Big Data Columnist, Marketing Executive, Research Associate, Translation Coordinator, Teacher.

A level AAB to include English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) and a modern or classical language

IB 36 to include 5 in Higher Level English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) and 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

UCAS Code
QR32

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
4 years full time, including a year abroad

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and overseas study at a partner institution or langugage assistant/work placement in a German-speaking country.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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